Sunday, October 2, 2011


School. On Friday Anna had her first “Spirit Day” in school. It was “accessories day”. She was very excited to be able to wear so many things in her hair at the same time. She really enjoys school. There were moments in September when I was questioning myself and wondering if we had “robbed” her of a more traditional kindergarten experience by placing her in K-1 class, but it looks now that this was the right choice. Once she understood the expectations, she rose to meet them. She had mentioned that she had an evaluation last week and that Mrs J used her computer to give her “quizzes”. I don’t know the results of that evaluation yet – I assume she will share it with us during PTC days in early November.


Afterschool. I had to acknowledge to myself that while Anna will very likely progress a great deal in writing, this will not happen in math – simply because district kindergarten curriculum ends with simple addition and subtraction. Anna was begging for a while to resume our subscription to Dreambox, and we finally gave in. She managed to push through the roadblock she had last time – breaking two digit numbers into different sets of tens and ones, and she begs to play every evening.

Work. On one hand, I got a raise and an official promotion. On another hand, no amount of money can quite compensate the amount of stress I’ve been under lately. It was also the last minute for my best buddy at work, and my second best buddy has told me that she is leaving too. Ouch!


Places we are going. Last weekend we went to Anna’s class picnic. Almost all K families and some 1st grade families were there. It was fun to get to know Anna’s classmates and their parents more. We now have a few playdates lined up for the next couple of weeks. Interestingly, Anna is only interested in playdates with boys Smile


Quote of the week. Mama, when you yell at me, I go into my brain stem, and I can’t understand you. I need to be in my cerebral cortex to start understanding. (for reference, I wasn’t yelling at her, I was just trying to explain to her that 78 cannot become 10 and 65. And as I found out later, the whole brain stem/cerebral cortex thing was explained in school through a song).

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Kylie said...

oh my the things that come out of their mouths.....cracked me up lol!!

MommyLabs said...

Anna is such a smart and happy kid, I tell you! I love love love reading the exchanges between the two of you. The brain stem/cerebral cortex thing was just too cute and smart!

I had downloaded the trial version of 'Dreambox' and my daughter loved it. I think it may be worth it to renew it again.

The thing about the raise at the cost of peace, gosh, I agree with your point.

Kelly said...

Her quotes are the best. They would make a great book. Love her hair accessories, very cute.
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Debbie said...

Anna's quotes never cease to crack me up.

Christy said...

LOVE the accessories! R would love a day like that!!!

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MaryAnne said...

lol at the cerebral cortex quote! Quite the girl you are raising!

Congratulations on the promotion! But, wow, it sounds like work is crazy. Good luck!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm impressed with the juggling act you're managing!

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

I am so happy to hear that things are going well for Anna with school. I truly hope that things improve for you at work ... a raise and promotion are great, but stress is BAD!

Ticia said...

Oooohhhhh, you're gonna be in trouble when she gets older :)

I wish Princess would wear hair things like that.....

Joyful Learner said...

What are your co-workers leaving and leaving you to do all the work!

Anna is one smart cookie. I had to think about the whole cerebral cortex thing.

It's great to hear that she is enjoying school. I guess we'll live vicariously through your blog!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Just the very idea that the school had an "accessories day" made me laugh out loud. Who wouldn't love that?

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Are you kidding me?? Brain stem and cerebral cortex? Wow, the things she says are priceless, Natalie!

Joe has been asking for Dreambox again for months. I really should resume our membership.

I am glad that Anna is enjoying 5K. She is such a smart girl. I LOVE her accessories day picture :-). Such fun!

I hope her entire year is a great one for you, Anna and Lars!